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Marco Cáceres
Marco Cáceres is the senior space analyst and director of space studies for the Teal Group, a defense and aerospace consultancy just outside of Washington, DC. He writes about satellites, launch vehicles and spaceports, and forecasts the future of space markets. In his spare time, he serves as the editor of Honduras Weekly. He is also the cofounder of, an international network of volunteers involved in Honduras, and the annual Conference on Honduras in the town of Copán Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. Marco is the author of the book, The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manual Zelaya in Honduras. His follow-up book, The Wolf We Feed: Post-Coup Honduras Under Pepe Lobo, is scheduled for publication in June 2014. He is originally from Tegucigalpa.

Entries by Marco Cáceres

Rick Fleeter's Personal Satellite Revolution Has Begun

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:19 PM

The launch Friday of SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is important for at least three primary reasons. First, because the vehicle carries about 5,000 pounds of supplies (including food and new spacesuits) to ISS aboard its Dragon capsule. The station currently houses a six-man...

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It's Moon, Mars or Bust All Over Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Most people don't know it, but there is something called the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), consisting of representatives of 14 national space agencies, including NASA, ASI of Italy, CNES of France, CNSA of China, CSA of Canada, CSIRO of Australia, DLR of Germany, ESA of Europe, ISRO of...

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Uh Hello, We've Gone Interstellar...

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:58 PM

I was recently asked to recommend a space program for a "greatest achievement" award in the area of aeronautics or astronautics. I was given a list of four programs, including NASA's Deep Space Network and Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration, Orbital Science's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, and Voyager. It was a...

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The Specter of Space Station Sanctions: MAD

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 4:43 PM

The sanctions that the Obama administration has thus far imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea are, well... laughable. They mainly target high-ranking, wealthy Russian government officials with close ties to President Vladimir Putin by freezing their assets in the United States and barring them from traveling to the...

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Honduras: The Secrecy Law

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:23 PM

When the National Congress, under the leadership of Juan Orlando Hernández, arbitrarily voted on December 12, 2012 to dismiss four of the 15 Supreme Court justices (Gustavo Enrique Bustillo Palma, Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira, José Antonio Gutiérrez Navas, José Francisco Ruiz Gaekel) for ruling in a manner it did not like...

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Honduras: Mr. Hernández's Witch Hunt

(8) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 5:06 PM

It is an extremely dangerous game whenever a political leader attempts to paint an opponent as an enemy of the state, or at the very least traitorous or unpatriotic, because if the label should manage to stick, then it opens the way for the opponent to be treated differently --...

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Honduras Homicide Rate Drops Again

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Good news. The homicide rate for Honduras dropped for the second year in a row in 2013. In 2011, the homicide rate reached a record 86.5 murders per 100,000 people, according to the National Autonomous University of Honduras' Observatory of Violence program, which monitors homicides in the country....

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Nationalists and Liberals in Honduras Are Equally Clueless

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:02 AM

An economic team within the presidential transition committee appointed by President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández to ensure a smooth transfer of power from the Lobo administration to the Hernández administration on Monday, blamed the Liberal government of President Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009) for Honduras' current financial problems. It stated, "The irresponsibility and...

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Another Bloody Christmas in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Perhaps one of the strangest tragedies having to do with human violence in Honduras is the one that is foretold at least twice a year whenever hospitals in the country launch mass blood drives in preparation for a major religious holiday. This happens right before Easter and in the days...

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Honduras: Inklings of Mr. Hernández's Governing Style

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:57 AM

The Hernández administration has already begun. Oh sure, President-elect Juan Orlando Hernández is not scheduled to be sworn in as President of Honduras until January 27, 2014. But that's really more of a technicality than anything else. Judging by the unusually significant moves taken by the lame duck Lobo government...

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Honduras: A Heavyweight for Foreign Relations

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:48 AM

With the presidential election in Honduras over and Juan Orlando Hernández declared the winner by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Mr. Hernández has moved exceptionally quickly to begin the transition process well before his inauguration in January. The day after the election on November 24, he named Honduras' Ambassador to...

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The Next President of Honduras: Juan Orlando Hernández

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Okay, it's over. With at least 66.7 percent of the 3,233,000 votes cast in Sunday's presidential election in Honduras counted and reported, it is abundantly clear now that National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernández is the winner. For those who still wish to bitch and moan about the result... get...

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Honduras Election: Proclaiming Victory a Little Early

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 6:18 PM

With less than 50 percent of the total votes cast in yesterday's presidential election in Honduras counted, Juan Orlando Hernández, at about about 9:30 last night (Honduras time), delivered a tidy little victory speech in Tegucigalpa. He thanked his supporters, his mother and God, and he repeated the phrase, "¡Sí...

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Honduras: Mr. Villeda's Common Sense Approach to Security

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:34 AM

One of the biggest security problems in Honduras is extortion. Organized crime syndicates and gangs take advantage of the fear, isolation, and virtually non-existent police presence within most neighborhoods in cities and towns to extort money from people in exchange for "protection" -- which in real terms means in exchange...

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Honduras: Why Mauricio Villeda Will Win the Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Okay, here's the main reason Liberal Party presidential candidate Mauricio Villeda will win the election in Honduras on November 24: He has run a vastly smarter and more disciplined campaign than have his opponents during the final weeks before the election. While Mr. Villeda has excellent personal traits and skills,...

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Honduras: The Secret Meetings Between Juan Orlando Hernández and Manuel Zelaya

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:28 AM

Honduran political analyst Jorge Illescas believes that there is some sort of secret arrangement between the conservative National Party and the socialist Libre Party. According to Mr. Illescas, Nationalist presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernández has had a series of secret meetings with the General Coordinator of Libre, Manuel Zelaya. Mr....

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Honduras: A Good Week for Mr. Villeda

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Honduran Liberal Party presidential candidate Mauricio Villeda had a good week. On Sunday, he received the official backing of former President Carlos Roberto Flores (1998-2002) -- perhaps the biggest behind-the-scenes power player within the party and one of the relatively few politicians in Honduras with real gravitas. In a speech...

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Honduras: Nationalist Testosterone

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 10:23 AM

According to former Minister of Security Óscar Álvarez, who served under both the Maduro and Lobo administrations in Honduras, those in the country who oppose the presence of the newly-minted Military Police for Public Order (PMOP) do so out of hatred for the military and that their position puts at...

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What the Headlines Reveal About Honduras' Presidential Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 5:05 PM

You'd be surprised how much you can learn about a Honduran presidential candidate by just reading the headlines in newspapers, particularly if you lay out numerous headlines on a page and read them over and over again to yourself sotto voce. After a while, you start to gain a sense...

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Manuel Zelaya: A Latin Rasputin

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Manuel Zelaya, who is the General Coordinator for the Libre Party, earlier this month said that if Minister of Education Marlon Escoto were to bring to him letters of recommendation from the six teachers' unions in Honduras, he would recommend to his wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, who is Libre's...

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